Who am I and what is FarrFeed?
“If I make it back some day
you can burn my bones away
and let the river take my ashes
from the sand…”
- song fragment (JHF)
That’s me pushing an old wooden rowboat around in the shallows at Tolchester Beach in Kent County, MD a rather long time ago. They don’t rent rowboats on the beach there now, and this page is coming to you from the high desert of Taos, New Mexico. You can read a lot more of what went down before and in between in my out-of-date official bio (PDF).
I’ve done a lot of things in this life, but these days I tell stories and write books. I’ve been publishing online since 1996 and launched one of the first regular weekly columns on the Web in ’98—with pictures, even. You could be looking at a freaking pioneer. This blog is basically an ongoing writing lab, and there’s a ton of content on-site. (Some of it is quite extraordinary, so please explore the categories and archives and have a look.) We moved from Maryland to New Mexico 12 years ago for reasons I’m only beginning to understand, and so far it hasn’t killed me.
Under the circumstances, some are bound to wonder why. New Mexico is answer enough for many, as it should be. Others may respond to higher purpose. All I know is, something happened along the way:
When I’m able to write like that, I feel ecstasy and unity with all Creation. It’s like an athlete performing an ‘impossible’ feat with seeming effortlessness and grace. I live for that… When I’m in that state, I don’t care about money or sex or food. I don’t care about who I am or what I am. I don’t care if I’m in the front of the line or at the very end. I don’t even care if I’m alive or dead, because it seems I’m in the same place, either way.
Fair exchange, I’d say. Wave if you can’t stop. – JHF
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History, Specs, etc.
The site features current writing in the blog, audio, original videos, and some of my best writing from the past. The blog began at Salon.com in 2002. In 2006, I moved FarrFeed to WordPress and completely redesigned it. That’s been the pattern ever since, with redesigns about every 18 months or whenever I get bored. Content-wise, the posts here go back to March, 2006. I have all the decent posts from the Salon.com blog, four more years’ worth, but they’re not in the database.
Special thanks to Michael Zerman, international Web marketing consultant based in Adelaide, Australia.